Acadia
National Park Maine

Ranger Programs

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Most ranger programs are scheduled early or late in the day to avoid mid-day congestion, and to maximize parking availability. Some programs allow you to "drop-in" for short interactions with a ranger as you travel through the busiest areas of the park. Ranger-guided bicycle tours and boat cruises require reservations and an additional fee because all equipment is provided by local businesses.

See also Ranger-Guided Bicycle Tours & Boat Cruises

Daytime Programs

Evening Programs

Family Programs

Schoodic Programs


 

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Daytime Programs

The following listings apply only to peak season schedules, from July 1 through Aug 31, 2019. Shoulder season schedules (May-June and Sept-Oct) have yet to be determined.

• Acadia’s Birds

2.5 hours, Location given with reservation
• June 30-Aug 31
Sunday, Wednesdays, Saturdays

7-9:30 am
Free, required reservations open three days in advance. Reserve in person at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, or call 207-288-8832
Bring binoculars and join a ranger to find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s most fascinating birds on this easy walk for intermediate and advanced birders. No dogs. Not recommended for young children.

• Fire Tower Open House

Tower open for 2.0 hours, Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Begin from the parking lot at the end of Beech Hill Road, hike 0.4 mi to fire tower.
• July 1-Aug 31
Saturday

9:30-11:30 am
Free
Drop by to enjoy the view from Beech Mountain Fire Tower and meet park staff to learn about the island’s fire history. Come anytime during the two-hour period. Plan for a 0.4-mile (0.64 km), 20-minute moderate hike on your own to get to the tower.

• Green Kingdom

1.5 hours location given with reservation
• July 1-Aug 31
Monday, Wednesday

4-5:30 pm
Free, required reservations open three days in advance. Reserve in person at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, or call 207-288-8832
Join a ranger on this easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) walk to investigate the variety of communities that call Acadia’s diverse landscape home.

• Hawk Watch

Staffed for 3 hours, Cadillac North Ridge Trail, 200 yards from the summit parking lot
• Aug 18-Oct 19
Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday

9 am-noon
Free
Weather conditions permitting. Drop by anytime during program hours to learn about raptor migration and identification. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. Wear warm clothes

• Missing Mansion

1.5 hours, Compass Harbor parking area, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Bar Harbor on Rt. 3. Look for orange cones.
• July 1-Aug 31
Tuesday, Friday

2-3:30 pm
Free
Explore the site of George Dorr’s former mansion on this easy 1 mile (1.6km) walk. Learn about the man who helped create our national park.

• Mr Rockefeller’s Bridges

2.5 hours, Parkman Mountain parking area
• July 1-Aug 31
Monday, Thursday

8-10:30 am
Free
Join a ranger on an easy-moderate 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round-trip hike along forested carriage roads to see spectacular bridges and hear the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s gift to Acadia.

• Ocean Path Walk

2 hours, parking lot after Gorham Mountain, look for orange cones
• July 1-Aug 31
Sunday, Thursday, Saturday

3:30-5:30 pm
Free
Learn about unique aspects of this island park while walking along a scenic 2 mile (3.2 km) moderate section of Acadia’s rocky shoreline.

• Peregrine Falcon Watch

Staffed for 3 hours, Precipice Trail parking area (Note: The Precipice Trail is closed to hiking during the peregrine nesting season.)
• July 1- August 10
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

9 am-noon
Free
Drop by anytime during program hours to observe a peregrine falcon nest on the cliffs of Champlain Mountain through viewing scopes, weather permitting.

• Photo Walk

2.5 hours, Location given with reservation
• June 1 -30
Fridays

8-10:30 am
• July 1- Aug 31
Tuesday, Fridays

8-10:30 am
Free, required reservations open three days in advance. Reserve in person at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, or call 207-288-8832.
Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture Acadia’s beauty.

 

Evening Programs

The following listings apply only to peak season schedules, from July 1 through Aug 31, 2019. Shoulder season schedules (May-June and Sept-Oct) have yet to be determined.

• Blackwoods Campground Evening Program

1.0 hours, Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater
• July 1-31
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

9-10 pm
• Aug 1-11
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

8:30 - 9:30 pm
• Aug 12-31
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

8-9 pm
Free
All are welcome. Parking area near amphitheater to accommodate non–campers. Check local postings for topics. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather.

• Dusk Walk

2.0 hours, time varies with sunset, confirmed at reservation. Location given with reservation.
• July 1-Aug 31
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday

7:30-9 pm
Free, required reservations open three days in advance. Reserve in person at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, or call 207-288-8832, 9 am-4 pm.
Learn the ways humans and wildlife share natural resources on this easy evening stroll. Ages 8+.

• Evening Hike

3 hours, Location TBD
• July 1-31
Friday

4:30 - 7:30 pm
• Aug 1-31
Friday

4-7 pm
Free, required reservations open three days in advance. Reserve in person at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, or call 207-288-8832, 9 am to 4 pm.
Before enjoying a beautiful sunset, hike through lichen-draped forests and steep, rocky outcrops as you discover how Acadia’s landscape has changed over time. Moderate to strenuous, 2.5-mile (4 km). Bring water, layers, sturdy shoes, and flashlight.

• Seawall Campground Evening Program

1.0 hour, Seawall Campground Amphitheater
• July 1-31
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9-10 pm
• Aug 1-11
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:30 -9:30 pm
• Aug 12-31
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

8-9 pm
Free
Join a ranger for an amphitheater program about Acadia. Check local postings for topics. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather. All are welcome.

• Stars over Sand Beach

1.0 hour, Sand Beach
• July 1-Aug 31
Monday,Thursday,Saturday

9-10 pm
Free
Sit back and learn about Acadia’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring something to lie on, and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision

 

Family Programs

• Carroll Homestead Open House & Junior Ranger Station

3.5 hours, Carroll Homestead
• June 25-August 31
Sunday, Monday, Friday

10-1:30 pm
Free
Visit anytime during program hours to explore an 1800s farm homestead, hear family stories, and play pioneer games suitable for all ages. This cultural history program also serves as a Junior Ranger Station, where kids can complete their Junior Ranger book and take the oath to get their badge. Wheelchair accessible.

• Junior Ranger Station, Seawall Picnic Area

3 hours, Seawall Picnic Area
• July 1-August 30
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

11am-2pm
Free
Stop by during program hours for fun activities and to complete your Junior Ranger book. Then take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge. Wheelchair accessible.

• Junior Ranger Station, Sieur de Monts

3 hours. Sieur de Monts Nature Center
• June 23-Aug 30
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

11 am-2 pm
Free
Stop by during program hours for fun activities and to complete your Junior Ranger book. Then take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge. Wheelchair accessible.

• Super Sand Sleuths

1.0 hour, Sand Beach
• July 2-Aug 29
Tuesday, Thursday

9-10 am
Free
Explore the features and creatures that make this sandy beach an unusual feature along the rocky coast of Maine. Most appropriate for ages 3-8. Parents must accompany children during the program.

• Touch Tank Talk

0.5 hour, Dorr Museum of Natural History, College of the Atlantic
• June 25-Aug 31 (No programs on July 4th)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
1, 2, 2:30, and 3 pm
Free
Get up close and personal with intertidal creatures, and learn how to safely explore along Acadia’s rocky shorelines. Wheelchair accessible.

• Wild Things

1.0 hour, Sieur de Monts Springs Nature Center
• July 1-August 28
Monday, Wednesday

9-10 am
Free
Run, jump and investigate to discover some of Acadia’s amazing animal adaptations.

 

Schoodic District Programs

• Junior Ranger Station, Schoodic

Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
TBD
Free
Join a ranger for a fun and interactive hour geared towards children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• Marine Touch Tank

0.5 hour, Dorr Hall, Schoodic Education and Research Center

TBD
Free
Meet some marine creatures and learn about their adaptations to constantly changing conditions between the tides

• Schoodic Woods Evening Program

1.0 hour, Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
TBD
Free
See postings at campground for program title listings, topics vary

Last updated: April 10, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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